Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the founder of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), has categorically said that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was not working for the Biafra independence but for his selfish interest.
Uwazuruike called on Ndigbo to disregard Kanu’s recent broadcast of no election/referendum, adding that he does not have the powers and right to stop the Igbo people from partaking in the 2019 general elections.
He said, “Last time, he carried a campaign that there wouldn’t be election in Anambra State and what eventually happened in the end? Today, he has started again. He is back again after several months, because election is just by the corner, so as to deceive the people and mop up money for himself as the IPOB leader and in the name of fighting for the realisation of Biafra independence.”
Uwazuruike, who spoke Monday in Owerri, the Imo State capital, contended that he was the number one person and the protagonist in the agitation and struggle for the realisation of Biafra Republic.
He further accused Kanu of deceiving the people, adding that the dummy of no election, sit-at-home order, referendum and no census that Kanu is selling today was originally introduced by him (Uwazuruike) for the realisation of the struggle.
“In 2004, we in MASSOB came up with dummy of no election, sit-at-home order, referendum and no census which Kanu is selling today in the Southeast as strategies towards gaining Biafra independence. “However, when I was later called by late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and other higher authorities that the strategies would have adverse effect on Ndigbo, we decided to drop them.
“Today, Kanu is using the same dummy to cause confusion in the Biafran areas, not considering their adverse effects.”
“For instance, the issue of no election is a constitutional matter. Kanu does not have the powers to say that election cannot take place in the South East. The truth is that in the South East, we have only five states and what a Presidential candidate, for example, only needs to win his or her election is two-thirds majority vote.
“If the five states out of the 36 states and including FCT, Abuja do not vote and 31 states voted, two-thirds majority would still be got. The President then has the powers to appoint anybody to be in-charge of the other five states who didn’t vote. This is therefore, politically detrimental to Ndigbo,” Uwazuruike stated.
On referendum, the BIM Chief noted that it was not in the Nigerian Constitution, adding that for it to be enshrined in the constitution, it had to get the approval of the National Assembly and the Presidency.
“These are things some Igbo people do not know. Kanu has started his campaign to cause more confusion for our people, which I call campaign of calumny and deceit. The emergence of Kanu in 2009, 10 years after I had started the struggle, was stage-managed by the government to put confusion among the leaders and the people, strictly aimed at non-realisation of the republic.
“What Kanu suffered recently in the hands of soldiers is just 1/20 of what I have suffered in the course of this struggle. A freedom fighter is always known for donating his life to the cause of the struggle.
“That he ran away after a while and reappeared during the electioneering period is deceitful. He is beings used to destabilise Ndigbo towards gaining the independence of Biafra,” he alleged.
Uwazuruike nevertheless, expressed concern about the lives of innocent people recently lost in the last “Operation Python Dance” and in what he termed the deceitful way of agitating for Biafran sovereignty.